Category: Life

Backpacking Solo – What’s Up with Hiking Alone?


Sitting around the backcountry campground’s communal cooking area, I struck up a conversation with three middle-aged men who were hiking together. We talked about hiking and travel, and compared notes about the wildlife we had seen on the trail. Continue reading “Backpacking Solo – What’s Up with Hiking Alone?”

Stomach of Steel: 8 Weird Things My Dog Has Eaten


As regular readers of this blog know, Juno is a funny dog. She’s big and loud and rather destructive at times. If she has the opportunity to get into something, she takes it. Most of the things I’ve witnessed her eat are normal for a dog. Grass. “People” food off counters and out of cupboards. Garbage. But there’s a growing list of things she’s eaten that either make me shake my head or worry for her safety. She’s (somehow) never gotten sick which is nothing short of a miracle.  Continue reading “Stomach of Steel: 8 Weird Things My Dog Has Eaten”

My Paradoxical Approach to Physical Activity


I’m not exactly a natural athlete.

As a kid, I despised team sports because my lack of ability made me feel like I was bringing everybody else down. I basically petitioned to get myself off my elementary school volleyball team, arguing that my grade had enough girls without me so I should be excused from the usually-mandatory sport. Continue reading “My Paradoxical Approach to Physical Activity”

How to Give Your Dog a Foot Bath in 10 Simple Steps

Read the hilarious account of how I ended up giving my dog puppy pedicures!

Have you ever thought to yourself: “man, I’d really love to pamper my dog a little more, maybe I should start giving her spa treatments – I bet she’d love a good foot soak,” but just don’t know where to begin?

Well, look no further. Below, you’ll find the 10 simple steps that led to me becoming somewhat of an expert on the issue. Continue reading “How to Give Your Dog a Foot Bath in 10 Simple Steps”



I figured since she’s probably going to end up being the star of this blog I should properly introduce Juno to you all. For those who don’t know, she’s our 3 year old Great Dane. She’s full of energy and personality and is always keeping us on our toes. On a daily basis, she can make us laugh, cry, cringe, or scream – sometimes all of the above, simultaneously.

Below is a Q & A to help you get to know her better.

(And yes, if you’re wondering, having imaginary interviews with my dog is what I do in my spare time.) Continue reading “Introducing……Juno!”